Although Pardew’s departure is good news for some, it could spell trouble for Newcastle. After a difficult start to the season, Pardew’s Newcastle side managed to turn results around and the team are currently in a relatively safe 10th position in the Premier League.
However, what Newcastle do next is vital to how the rest of their season pans out. If the Magpies can hire the right man for the job, they have the players to push on up the league. Newcastle fans have become increasingly frustrated in recent times with the club’s lack of ambition. Owner Mike Ashley now has the chance to prove that he is the right man to lead the club forward by hiring the best manager in order for Newcastle to realise their European ambitions.
Here are FIVE managers that can take Newcastle United to the next level…
The French connection on Tyneside could continue to grow if Newcastle were to hire the current St Etienne boss. Apart from communicating clearly with the French contingent already present at the club, he has a very encouraging managerial record as well.
The Frenchman guided St Etienne to the French League Cup title in 2012-13 and Newcastle fans will be craving a manager who has the ability to send a team on a successful cup run. Under Galtier’s leadership, St Etienne have become a growing force in Ligue 1. The 48-year-old has proven that he can produce results with little financial backing and could be the perfect fit for the Newcastle job.
One of the best young managers in the English game at the moment, Howe would be an excellent appointment for Newcastle United. At just 37-years-old, he would be one of the youngest managers in the Premier League. However, 34-year-old Garry Monk has proved a hit at Swansea City so acquiring Howe could be a shrewd move.
The only potential stumbling block for a move is Howe’s current situation at Bournemouth. Due to their excellent form in the Championship this season, Howe may be a Premier League manager with the Cherries next season. Although the vacancy will undoubtedly interest the former Burnley manager, it is likely that the Englishman will want to guide Bournemouth into the Premier League, thus completing the club’s brilliant transformation.
Sherwood seems to have been linked with ever managerial vacancy in the Premier League since he left Tottenham at the end of last season. His bullish attitude would certainly get the best response out of the Newcastle United squad, and during his short spell as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, he showed that he is more than capable of working with a squad challenging for Europe.
Although Sherwood is an encouraging managerial prospect, it may be a step too far for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. During Sherwood’s time at Tottenham, he was not far from controversy and was somewhat naïve when it came to handling particular personalities in the Tottenham squad. Despite this, he is a raw talent and could thrive in the right environment. It is a risk for Newcastle but it could be one that really pays off.
Another Frenchman linked with the top job at St James’ Park, Garde has been out of work since he left Lyon at the end of last season for family reasons. The former Arsenal defender impressed at Lyon, he managed a win percentage of 51% in his 117 games with the club, and Lyon would have offered him a new contract if Garde expressed a desire to stay.
Whether or not Garde is ready to return to management remains to be seen. However, he has been backed as one of the frontrunners to replace Alan Pardew and his experience at Lyon certainly suggests that he is more than capable of replacing the current Crystal Palace manager.
A name that is surely going to excite the Newcastle fans, Laudrup was lauded for his excellent brand of football that was there for all to see when he was in charge of Swansea City. The Dane is currently managing Lekhwiya SC in Qatar, so a return to one of the most competitive leagues in the world should surely tempt Laudrup. The Dane only signed a one-year deal when he joined the Qatar club so compensation shouldn’t be too much of an issue if Newcastle wanted to pursue a possible appointment.
Although he was sacked at Swansea City, he enjoyed league and cup success during his time in Wales, including the 5-0 League Cup final victory over Bradford City in 2013.